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May, 2012


District Change Means New Voter ID Cards

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This notice is to advise you as to why everyone is receiving a new voter I D CARD.
After the completion of the 2010 census and the redistricting was finished,
our State Senate District became District 16 instead of 17.  Due to State Law
we had to send new voter I D CARDS to all registered voters.  If you have any
questions regarding this, please give me a call at (517) 522-8464 ext. 23.

Marjorie A. Clark, Clerk,  Grass Lake Charter Township

Powershoppers Shopping Spree for Charity

1920 Grass Lake Pumpkin
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On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, American 1 Credit Union hosted the Supermarket Sweep at Polly’s Country Market on Ferguson Road in Jackson.

There were nine teams that competed for the coveted 1st place title.  Over $1,300 worth of groceries and household items were collected in the five minute dash around the store.  Polly’s Country Market covered the first $500 worth of groceries and American 1 Credit Union covered the rest, which was over $800.

All the items collected were donated to the South Central Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

American 1 Credit Union provides low-cost financial services to more than 50,000 members and several hundred partner companies.

American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Macomb, and Wayne Counties.

Visit our website at
for more information.

Farm Kid Scholarships

Horsegrazing by Marissa Swartz
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Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and educational awards.

To be eligible the applicant must be a resident of Michigan and a graduating high school senior or a high school graduate continuing their education at an accredited institution in the year in which they are applying.

For the general MYLSF scholarship, the applicant must have been a youth exhibitor at the former Michigan State Fair, Michigan Livestock Expo or the Michigan Dairy Expo for a minimum of three calendar years prior to the year of application.

Apply online at and
Applications must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2012

Friends Make Prom Special for Covill

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prom2012-julia-walking-to-depot julia-and-jeremey-prom-2012   Julia and Friends and her escort Jeremy Lazarz.

A Letter to the Editor:
Dear Grass Lake Community,

We would like to thank everybody for their continued support since Julia’s car accident on February 11, 2012. She hit a tree and sustained multiple broken bones and a head injury. She is out of the hospital and is on the long road to recovery.

We never realized what being part of a small town meant until tragedy struck. Thank you to everybody at the high school for all their support and especially for helping Julia attend her prom.

A heart felt thank you to her friends, Katelin, Michelle and Elyse and her date Jeremy Lazar. These responsible students made prom a night to remember for Julia.

Sincerely,  Sara, Jackie, Nick, Mary Chris and Julia Covill

Spring Cleaning Day in the Village May 19!

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Spring Cleaning Dates for 2012

clik on above to view a .pdf of the anouncement for the Spring Cleaning Day. Have stuff out to curb by 7 am!

Copper Nail Community Resale Reaches $100,000 in Giving

Check out crowd during the End of the Month 30% extra off Sale at the Coppernail Community Resale
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When several friends met for coffee in the spring of 2007 to talk about
opening a resale shop to support a senior center, never did they guess
that their shop would be so successful or impact so many lives.

The Copper Nail Community Resale Shop rose out of that discussion and, although a senior center is still a dream, the volunteer efforts at the Nail have helped nearly every nonprofit organization in Grass Lake.

The support of the Grass Lake community has been key to the success of the Nail. All that is soldl has been donated to the non-profit. All the workers are volunteers who devote many hours each month to being certain that the best donations get onto the sales floor and are displayed in an appealing way. Pricing is kept low and frequent sales are planned as a way to give back to  customers.

As the customer base grew, the board and volunteers saw the need to expand. To this end, the Board made the decision to purchase the historic building in the fall of 2009. The organization has since re-roofed, refurbished and restored the building in order to present the best to the community.
One dream is to find a use for the second floor that will further benefit the community. Access is an issue, but it’s a topic of continued discussion and a solution will eventually present itself.

The Board that was put into place in 2007 is still nearly intact. However, a newly developed business plan is being put into place and new Board members will hopefully soon come forth. Exit strategies to
maintain the stability and integrity of the Board will assure a long and
valuable continuance of the Copper Nail. A search is underway for just
the right community members to join the effort. Those interested
in serving or know someone to suggest, please contact any current Board member.

On May 19 the popular destination will be celebrating a milestone. On that day, the Board of the Copper Nail will present a check to the Grass Lake Area Historical Society as a grant designated for the necessary restoration of the windows at the Coe House Museum. That presentation will take the charitable giving of the Copper Nail to an unbelievable $100,000.

The Board invites the community to come celebrate at the shop from 5:00 to 6:30. Enjoy a piece of cake and all the good feelings of having helped us achieve this step towards continued support of Grass Lake non-profits!

Grand Valley State Honors Grass Lake Grad

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Grand Valley State University 2012 graduate Kristina Green was named “Student of the Year” by the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America. The award is given to one student each year who represents the best in public relations and contributes to the profession on campus.

Green, a 2007 graduate of Grass Lake High School, was nominated for the award for her work with the Grand Valley Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, where she served as vice president of public relations and an account executive for the student-run public relations firm Grand PR. Green began a social media internship at Quicken Loans in Detroit after she graduated from Grand Valley with a degree in advertising and public relations April 28.

Green was the social media intern for Career Services at Grand Valley during her senior year, where she developed a successful social media plan that increased the office’s online presence.

“When she began her internship, we watched her excel. The social media initiatives she implemented brought a whole new customer base to our office,” said Troy Farley, director of Career Services.

Green said her favorite part about her experience at Grand Valley was the opportunity to get involved on campus. “PRSSA helped me find my passion and allowed me to grow into a young professional who’s ready to tackle the real world,” she said. “Working on campus in Career Services also opened many doors for me, allowing me to gain insight into the career field and learn the dos and don’ts of finding a job after graduation.”

Green was named Top Account Associate at Grand PR in 2010 and 2012, was the recipient of Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Nonprofit Support awards from Grand PR, and was a recipient of an “I Am Grand Valley” award in 2010 and 2011. Green also served as Field Organizer for Jocelyn Bensen for Michigan Secretary of State.